Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2010 Smithsonian: In the Realm of the Buddha by Yong Peng (ypong001(a)yahoo.com) [AUS:IP logged]
The Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries
presents In the Realm of the Buddha, a celebration of the sacred arts of Tibetan Buddhism, on view March 13 through July 18.
Two exhibitions of Tibetan sacred art will open March 13: "The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection" invites visitors to step inside the hallowed spaces of a magnificent Tibetan shrine room, presented to the public for the first time. A second exhibition, "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen," offers a rare look at the life and legacy of an 18th-century Tibetan painter.
Friday, March 12
World Premiere of Buddha
7 p.m. Freer's Meyer auditorium
The galleries will present the world premiere of the film Buddha, a new two-hour documentary created for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by actor Richard Gere. The film provides insights from contemporary Buddhists—including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It is scheduled to air on PBS April 7 and was produced in conjunction with the exhibition "Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art," organized by the Asia Society Museum in New York City, opening in March 2010. Buddha is part of the film series, "Tibetan Buddhism: Films from Around the World," presented by the Freer and Sackler, in conjunction with the International Buddhist Film Festival (United States/2009/112 min./video/English). For a complete schedule visit www.asia.si.edu/events/films.asp.
Highlights of the opening weekend celebration include the creation of a sand mandala, dance, film, a conversation with shrine collector Alice Kandell and opportunities to learn more about family shrines and musical instruments from the Himalayas.
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, located at 1050 Independence Avenue S.W ., and the adjacent Freer Gallery of Art, located at 12th Street and Independence Avenue S.W ., are on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day, except Dec. 25, and admission is free. The galleries are located near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information about the Freer and Sackler galleries and their exhibitions, programs and other events, the public is welcome to visit www.asia.si.edu. For general Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000 or TTY (202) 633-5285.
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from Yong Peng on Sunday, April 11, 2010 00:42:57UTC 188.8.131.52 [AUS]
The Buddha, A Film by David Grubin
Full program now available online, or buy DVD or Blue-ray for your library.
from Yong Peng on Saturday, March 13, 2010 22:36:44UTC 184.108.40.206 [AUS]
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